The manmade trojan horse in the Lord’s church today is a revolt to throw off biblical authority and follow a so-called new Hermeneutic (refers to science of understanding and interpreting scriptures). Hermeneutic is written using human opinion.
This teaching is based upon the false belief that the New Testament was not complete until the fourth century. The so-called scholars claim that there is no pattern for the church. They deny that we are to follow commands, examples and inference in the New Testament. They attack the Bible as being an imperfect book and foolishly argue that the scriptures must be approached in a new way.
This new hermeneutics assumes that the method of interpretation used by brethren in previous years was inadequate and inaccurate. This new hermeneutics is seriously flawed and is an argument based upon ignorance of God’s word. It is crystal clear that the early saints did have a pattern for the church as revealed in Acts 2:42-47. “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” This shows that the church was one body of believers united together and remaining faithful in four basic items.
First, Apostles’ doctrine -- They accepted the apostles’ teaching as authority and so must Christians today. When the church was established, it was not immediately handed a manual of instructions. The last book of the New Testament was not completed until about 60 years later. God initially instructed the apostles to teach members of the church personally being guided by the Holy Spirit on what to believe and what to do. The Apostles received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus charged them that after people were baptized that they were to teach them to observe all He had commanded (Matt. 28:19-20).
Second, New Christians continually devoted themselves to fellowship. The Greek word, Koinonia, root meaning is to have in common. This fellowship was the joint participation of study and worship.
Third, Those new Christians devoted themselves to breaking of bread. This refers to the Lord’s Supper every first day of the week (Acts 20:7). Jesus commanded we partake of the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine (I Cor. 11:23-26).
Fourth, The final item mentioned is prayer. This was a daily part of their lives and as a group when they met together. It is completely ridiculous to claim that one using commands, examples, and inferences ignore the culture, context, history and grammar of the New Testament.
In determining what the scripture authorize, there are three avenues: (1) There are direct commands such as Acts 2:38 which exemplify this. There are many other commands which give us clear-cut, unequivocal evidence of what God expects us to do. (2) There are approved apostolic examples. The missionary journeys which were made by the Apostle Paul clearly shows no establishment of a missionary society to carry out mission programs of the early church. (3) Now let’s look at necessary inference. Eating of the Lord’s Supper was on each first day of the week, not semi-annually (Acts 20:7). The false teaching of new hermeneutics is that it must be historical, contextually, grammatically are all met with understanding of Biblical Greek.
The nail in the coffin of this manmade Trojan horse is that the Holy Spirit guided the church before they possessed the entire New Testament in the age of miracles. This effort to throw off Biblical authority is fashioned after a human desire and presumptuous sins (II John 2:9-11).